In the Netherlands, the summer vacation has already begun in the country's interior. There is also warm weather expected for this week. These two things are not doing cauliflower and broccoli sales any good. "They're of good quality, and enough is being cut, but prices are dropping," says Bertus van Tricht of AGF-Direct.
"But, the good weather is reviving iceberg lettuce demand. That market's been very moderate in recent weeks. Prices, however, picked up again last week and there are also some more exports. The nice weather could benefit chicory too. If it becomes too dry, chicory could be an alternative. Because, up to now, the chicory market hasn't been good."
Cauliflower was selling at auction for €0.45-€0.50 yesterday, and broccoli for between €0.80 and €0.85. "I don't see those rising anymore for now either," observes the open field vegetable trader. "Ice lettuce prices are now back at €0.45 to €0.50."
AGF-Direct's assortment includes the so-called specialties like red-leaf, romanesco, and purple and orange cauliflower again. "There's neither rhythm nor reason to red-leaf sales. We expected the colored cauliflower and Romanesco in early July, but they're about ten days late. The Women's European Football Championship hasn't yet resulted in additional demand for orange cauliflower. Still, what's not, may yet come," Bertus concludes.